Please feel free to contact me directly as I live in university park and would be happy to send you more information.
If you work at 2000 Michelson and you have a young family, the best places for you to live is an area called "University Park" and another area called "Paseo Westpark". Although there are condos closer to your work, like the ones at Scholarship or Watermark, I don't recommend them for rental or living as it is not ideal for raising kids.
I am a real estate agent in Irvine. The way it works here is that real estate agents get paid by owners to find tenants. You do not need to pay for a real estate agent to show you rentals. I agree with Emily and say that you should work with a real estate agent to find a rental as we have a high rate of scams going on here.
Expect to pay around $2500/mo for a decent three bedroom two bath rental. Homes go around 650k for a good detached 3-4 bedroom home.
Good luck on your move. You'll love it here.
Shoot me an email directly if you want to talk about this some more. I don't look back on this same Trulia thread for answers posted after mine.
Realtor Since 1996
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Lots of families with young kids, and an acceptable school district. Our own daughter, nieces and nephews live there.
if you would like to speak to someone without obligation just to get some friendly advise feel free to contact me as I have helped many people relocate from the mid-west.
Good luck in your search
Its a great idea to rent. I suggest you rent for at least half a year before you buy. The rental in Irvine for a three bedroom would run from $2,200 to $3000+ depending what does the property offer and location. Schools are good in most of south county cities. You might want to consider Mission Viejo as well since you get more for your money. Mission Viejo, Aliso Viejo, Lake Forest and Laguna Hills can be between 15-20 minutes drive with a great school system and fantastic family friendly environment. What I mean, you would have time to look at your options while living in rental.
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If you do leave before the end of your lease, the costs will be overwhelming as you will be "rent responsible" for the entire remaining term of the lease.
Request Parkwest for vacancies in 3601 block, it is adjacent to a child care center, not too far from Elementary School either. Park West like most of other apartment complexes have yearly leases, if you leave early you may end up paying some penalties ... do your homework.
Also there are some short term furnished leases offered by some investors available in Irvine and surrounding cities for East Coast Vacationers. They charge little more rent, but shorter lease terms.
My office and home are close to Michelson Dr, feel free to contact me if you have any local Qs. All the best !
Irvine is rated one of the safest cities. Irvine has great schools too.. I would suggest to rent and then see what is available while your renting and there is a way to be compensated for when and if you decide to break the lease... Call or email me and we can discuss your situation and options...
Talk to you soon..
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I am a real estate consultant in Irvine area, specializing rentals and working with first time buyers. You can get to know more about me at: http://www.AliciaQu.com.
Good luck on your move, and let me know if you need further assistance.
Also see my article about Options in California Real Estate Contract transactions - http://irvine-homevalues.com/2012/02/19/options-in-californi
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Harrison K. Long, Coldwell Banker NRT, Quail Hill Center, Irvine.
re about your actual requirements, price range, number of bedrooms , etc.
Everything is a short drive in Irvine, so proximity to schools and good family living may be more important.
We would be pleased to show you around and help you get to know the area before you make any decisions.
Ethel & Colin Krawitz (serving Orange Cpounty Real Estate sinc 1980)
First Team Real Estate
Let me know how I can help !
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Newport Beach and Palm Desert CA
I used to live in Minneapolis - I've since lived in Orange County for the past 15 years & love it. I was in the same boat as you. Although it's a tight rental market - I suggest you do a 3 - 6 month lease. I would not "dive" into home ownership right out of the gate.
My office is right off Michelson. I know the area like the back of my hand. I'm not a real estate agent, so my comments are unbiased. I would need more information to direct you to the best place for you & your family. Irvine is a great city but like all cities - It has it's pitfalls that will not be posted on this board.
Since I'm a mortgage banker - I will with all agents in all surrounding cities. I know who can get the job done with your family in mind. In short, it depends on the city of your choice. Fell free to call my cell 949.212.4578. No sale here - just offering some free consultation + the "low down" on all surrounding cities. despite being a Viking fan.
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